New furniture doesn't seem to be made the way older furniture was. Older furniture is heavier and usually solid wood, while newer pieces have a lot of wood veneer and laminate and are lighter in weight. If you can find old wood furniture, even if you don't care for the color of the piece, you can sand it down and re-stain it to give it new life. Consignment shops, garage sales, or antique shops are great places to find old furniture. Look for pieces that are still in great shape, or pieces that can be made into something else, such as a dresser turned into a television stand. If the piece has been sitting for awhile, it can get a smell to it that may be difficult to get rid of. See below for tips on how to get rid of smells from wooden furniture.
Vinegar and Water
Pour equal amounts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle, then gently shake it to blend evenly. Spray the piece of furniture both inside and out with the mixture, just until it's damp, not soaking wet. Then wipe up the mixture using a clean cloth. The vinegar will help soak up the smells and also clean up any leftover residue (dust, dirt, etc.) on the wood. Follow it up by cleaning it with a wood-safe cleaner.
Line the drawers of your furniture with dryer sheets to help soak up the smell in your furniture. Leave the dryer sheets in there for a few days to give it a nice fresh scent.
Lightly sprinkle the drawers on your furniture with baking soda (you can use a sifter to help sprinkle evenly). The baking soda will soak up any smells and deodorize the piece at the same time. Allow the baking soda to sit for at least 20 minutes. Then use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the baking soda residue. Another option is to mix a small amount of lemon scented essential oil with the baking soda, blend them together, and then sprinkle onto the wood. The baking soda will still soak up the smells, while the lemon scent will make it nice and fresh.
These are all great ways to remove smells from used furniture. Don't overlook a used piece of furniture just because of a smell. It can be fixed easily. For more tips on how to give used furniture new life, talk to a company like Surroundings Fine Consignments For Your Home.